CFJ Vol. 33.3 (Winter 2019)

Revisiting Radiologicals:

Many Hazmat Technicians and Specialists make the comment that “I do not do radioactives” — sometimes even with a few unprintable words thrown in. Radiological hazardous materials seem to elicit such a response due to the infrequent nature of responses to incidents involving such materials and the erroneous belief that radioactive materials are a mysterious realm of the hazmat discipline. 

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Relevant Tags: HAZMAT 2019: SIXTY ONE DELTA ONE

Dealing with Gases

The Department of Transportation’s Hazard Class Two contains all of the gases. There are many definitions of what exactly a gas is, but one of the easiest to understand is that used by Merriam Webster that states that a gas is “a fluid (such as air) that has neither independent shape nor volume but tends to expand indefinitely.” 

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Trust: We Must Maintain It!

How many times have you witnessed this yourself?  I have gone to conferences, trainings, and just around town and have seen firefighters in their departmental shirts drinking adult beverages in extreme excess.  How does this look to those who support us through fundraisers, taxes, etc. (i.e. the citizens we serve).

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Ketamine Pilot Project

 Recently the North Carolina Medical Board approved a ketamine pilot project in North Carolina.  Under this pilot, ketamine has been approved for both sedation and pain.  The project is very similar to the RSI quality improvement program that has been ongoing in North Carolina for over five years.  

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Relevant Tags: NEWS FROM THE NC OEMS MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Commitment: It’s not just a word

Welcome back again to the South Carolina Bureau of EMS contribution area of this edition of Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Magazine. As this edition goes to press we are gearing up for another amazing SC EMS Symposium in March at the wonderful Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach. There are a large number of renowned speakers covering a plethora of topics attending this year’s symposium. On top of hundreds of hours of continuing education, the annual paramedic competition will be held and this year we have nearly 20 teams competing in regional competitions next month to qualify for the finals; how awesome is that? If you don’t go, you’re truly missing out! Nearly the entire Bureau of EMS will be onsite all week attending meetings, providing training and staffing our booth in the PACKED exhibit hall. We hope to see you there. Come up and introduce yourself, tell us where you’re from, and how we can make things better for you and for EMS in South Carolina; we will listen! ForEver IDs will again be issued this year at no cost IF your department has a photo uploaded of you before the conference. See you at the Beach.

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Time Keeps on Ticking

Time — this value is most important in life. Everyone has to respect and understand the time value because time can give the reaction of good as well as bad. Some individuals understand the meaning and importance of time in regards to our life, while others do not.

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Relevant Tags: Training & Professional Development

That rare find ...THE VOLUNTEER

All-volunteer Rescue Squads, at least in North Carolina, over the last 15 years have seen changes. As I approach 46 years as a volunteer in the rescue service this coming December, I have personally experienced these changes, both good and bad. As an Area 15 Director for the North Carolina Association or Rescue and EMS and a state and IFSAC certified rescue instructor for the last 35 years, I have had the privilege of seeing change first hand and instructing rescuers all across the state to embrace that change and learn.

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A Divided Congress:

As many political prognosticators predicted, election night turned into a split decision on Capitol Hill.  While the Republicans picked-up one seat in the Senate, the Democrats on the House-side took control of the gavel.  So, what does that mean?  More gridlock?  I can’t imagine there will be any more gridlock then there has been in previous Congresses. 

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Rules for Life

In October of each year, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) (firehero.org) host on the campus of the National Fire Academy and the home of the U.S. Fire Administration, the annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, MD.

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Relevant Tags: Barnyard Management

Cutting Made Easy

In just about every extrication there are steps we take that are commonplace.  Cutting the windshield out of a car is one of those steps that are pretty common to most extrications.  Cutting the windshield allows us to have better access to the patient to prepare for extrication and then removal.  It also helps us to protect the patient from further injury since the glass could break and fall on to the patient.  Finally, it makes it easier to get to the A posts in order to complete some extrication actions.

If you are like me, most of the time we have used some type of glass cutting hand tool.  With most tools, there are always pros and cons.  One thing though that I love about the fire service is that there are so many firefighters trying to find better ways or more efficient ways of doing the job including new tools.

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National Fallen Firefighter

The fall season can be an absolute whirlwind for me as we wrap up Hurricane season here in the Carolinas. This year was no different, my busiest yet. I was activated early by North Carolina Emergency Management and deployed for 10 days in support of Hurricane Florence. 

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The Importance of Interoperability

Interoperability is a characteristic of a product or system, whose interfaces are completely understood, to work with other products or systems, at present or in the future, in either implementation or access, without restrictions as defined by Wikipedia.

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Fire and Emergency Management

Many years ago, those in public service questioned the feasibility of the fire service and emergency medical services existing within the same agency. Most metropolitan fire departments and quite a few that are not in urban areas have identified benefits from shared labor, economies of scale and collaborative response efforts. Today, it is not at all unusual to see fire and EMS in the same station, even wearing the same uniform. What about emergency management? What exactly is it and where does it belong? Here are my observations.

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After Startling Jump in 2017 Struck-by Deaths, Reflecting May Not be Enough

It should have been a banner year for firefighter safety in America in 2017. In June, the National Fire Protection Association released its annual report on firefighter fatalities in the United States. The NFPA reported a total of 60 on-duty firefighter deaths, which is the fewest fatalities in a year since 1977. 

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Relevant Tags: First Responder Safety

Beaver Lane Volunteer Rescue/Fire

Department Name: Beaver Lane Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department

County: Union

Type Department: Fire/Rescue

Structure: Combination

ISO: 5/9

Number of Stations: 1

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Camden Fire Department

Department Name: Camden Fire Department

County: Kershaw 

Structure: Brick Type 2

ISO: 3

Number of Stations: 2

Number of Apparatus: 7

Pumpers: 4 Aerials: 1 Specialty: 2

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CROSSWORD !

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New Firehouse Under Construction

I was recently visiting one of my sisters on the East Coast. She lives in one of the hurricane states. She took me out to breakfast one morning and lo and behold across the street is a firehouse under construction. Two days later I walk up, asked for the superintendent and introduced myself. I took lots of pictures, asked a few questions and thought I would share my observations with all of you.

The exterior is typical for the area, more modern than traditional. There are two bays approximately 75 feet long. I have no idea what equipment will be stationed there but the bays are long enough to double stack a couple of pumpers and, of course, more than long enough for a tiller. The watch office is at the front of the building and has an expanse of glass, giving the crew full view of the apron and street in front of them.

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Relevant Tags: The Station House

Construction Phase Advice for the Newbie as Well as the Experienced

The construction phase of a new facility, or the renovation of an existing facility is an exciting time. By the time your project has reached the point of starting construction, much has already been accomplished. You have likely planned the project for years. The budget has been projected and funds are secured. The design work is complete and construction bids have been received. Now it’s time for dirt to start flying and hammers to start swinging!

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2019 Build Projects

Just as 2018 has come and gone with a flash, new projects have also started and been completed. Some projects are still underway with a 2019 completion date but for most emergency service departments, dreams of their new or renovated station are simply that, dreams. 

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Hurricane Florence Destroyed My Station A Futurist’s Perspective

If you are like many of the fire departments throughout the Carolinas, Hurricane Florence may have caused damage to your station. For most, it was minor damage, but some stations were completely destroyed by the flood waters. We talked with multiple fire chiefs back in the fall whose stations were flooded and rendered uninhabitable by the sequence of hurricanes. Without a station, emergency services are deeply impacted, so rebuilding quickly was a priority.

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Strength - Endurance - Nutrition

These are three terms that are not exclusive to elite athletes, but often are ones that only get used in a sports setting. They are terms that can and should be used to describe what each one of us should be focusing on.

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KIMTEK Marks 35 Years of Innovation

KIMTEK Corp, makers of MEDLITE® and FIRELITE® Transport skid units for off-road rescue and wildland firefighting, have announced plans to celebrate the company’s 35th anniversary with a number of events planned throughout 2019.  KIMTEK Transport skid units fit easily into most utility vehicles and pick-up trucks, enabling first responders to travel over rough terrain and through tight clearances with essential fire and/or medical rescue equipment and attendants. Markets have responded enthusiastically, resulting in record demand for KIMTEK products around the globe.

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Raleigh Fire Department

Raleigh Fire Department

Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Duty Rescue w/Cummins ISX12 500 hp engine, 66,800 GVWR, Allison 5th generation transmission, 26” extended front bumper, side roll and front impact protection.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Raleigh Fire Department

Raleigh Fire Department

Pierce Arrow XT Tiller w/Cummins ISX12 500 hp engine, 67” cab w/10” raised roof, 76,600 GVWR, side roll and front impact protection, Allison 5th generation transmission.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Union Volunteer Fire Department

Union Volunteer Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9 40 hp engine, 70” cab with 10” raised roof, 31” control zone pump, 46,500 GVWR, seating for six.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Chesapeake Fire Department

Chesapeake Fire Department

Pierce Velocity Pumper with 70” cab w/10” raised roof, 19” extended pumper, 31” control zone pump, seating for five.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Prince William County

Prince William County

Pierce Arrow XT 105’ Aerial, 67” cab w/10” raised roof, 19” extended bumper, seating for 6, Akron 3480 StreamMaster II Electric Monitor.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Shelby Fire Department

Shelby Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Heavy Duty Rescue w/DDC DD13, 505 hp engine, 70” cab w/10” raised roof, 53,800 GVWR, 26” extended front bumper, side roll and frontal impact protection.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of Newport News Fire Department

City of Newport News Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/70” cab with 10” raised roof, 22” extended bumper, Cummins L9 400 hp engine, Husky 12 foam system.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Henderson Fire Department

Henderson Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9 450 hp engine, 70” cab w/10” raised roof, 43,500 GVWR, Husky 3 foam system, 45” control zone side control pump house.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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James City County Fire Dept.

James City County Fire Dept.

Pierce Freightliner M2-112 Tanker w/Cummins L9 engine, 42” control zone side pump, Commercial chassis, 3000 gal. water tank.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Fayetteville Fire Department

Fayetteville Fire Department

Pierce Ford F450 Super Duty Utility Truck, Ford V8 Diesel 6.7L 330 HP engine, 4-door commercial crew cab, Gortite roll-up compartments.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Town of Nashville

Town of Nashville

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9-450 hp engine, 70” cab w/10” raised roof, 19” extended front bumper, 46,500 GVWR, 52” control zone side control pump.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of Concord

City of Concord

Frontline Mobile Command Unit, Freightliner M2-106 chassis, forward operations area with 5 person workstation console, galley.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Banner Elk Fire Rescue

Banner Elk Fire Rescue

2019  Anchor-Richey EVS/Kubota RTV, Kubota engine, Darley pump, 70 gal. poly tank, Rescue/Medical skid, firefighting skid, custom LED Warning light package, Siren and controls.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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West Jefferson Volunteer Fire Dept.

West Jefferson Volunteer Fire Dept.

2018 Anchor-Richey EVS Flatbed Brush Truck w/Transverse Compartment, 6.7L Cummins Diesel, 300 GPM pump, 300 gal. poly tank, Blizzard Wizard foam system, rear scene lights.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Fall Creek Fire Department

Fall Creek Fire Department

2019 Anchor-Richey EVS 1,500 Gallon Tanker, 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale Q-Max 1500 pump, 1,500 gal. poly tank, rear view camera, electric drop tank rack, 180 degree swivel dump.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Stack Road Volunteer Fire-Rescue

Stack Road Volunteer Fire-Rescue

2018 Anchor-Richey EVS 2000 Gallon Tanker w/ Mack chassis, 350 HP Cummins diesel engine, 750 GPM Hale Side Kick pump, 2000 poly tank, rear view camera, electric drop tank rack.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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St. Stephens Volunteer Fire Dept.

St. Stephens Volunteer Fire Dept.

2018 Anchor-Richey EVS 10 ft. Mini Pumper/Rescue Unit, Dodge chassis, 12,000 lb. Warn Winch w/polished stainless steel brush guard, Front Elkhart Sidewinder system.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Beaver Lane Vol. Rescue & Fire Dept.

Beaver Lane Vol. Rescue & Fire Dept.

2018 Heavy Rescue SVI Truck, Cummins ISX12 500 HP engine, Resolve Specialty space saver SCBA filling station, OnScene Solutions cargo slides w/compartment lighting,

Provided By SVI Trucks

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Dungannon Fire Department

Dungannon Fire Department

2018 Rosenbauer Commercial Tanker w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins 450 hp engine, 750 GPM Waterous pump, 2500 UPF tank, Six Whelen LED scene lights, Newton 10” swivel quick dump.

Provided By C. W. Williams & Co.

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Fire District 13 Engine 55

Fire District 13 Engine 55

2018 Rosenbauer Custom Side Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL9 450 hp engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, InstaChains, rear and side facing cameras, David Clark intercom.

Provided By C. W. Williams & Co.

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Fire District 13 Engine 58

Fire District 13 Engine 58

2018 Rosenbauer Custom Side Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL9 450 hp engine, 1500 Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Two preconnected attack lines in front bumper.

Provided By C. W. Williams & Co.

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Laurel Fork Volunteer Fire Dept.

Laurel Fork Volunteer Fire Dept.

2018 Rosenbauer Commercial Tanker w/Cummins ISX15 505 hp engine, Kenworth chassis, 1500 Hale QMAX pump, 3000 water, 30 foam tank, Fire Research LED scene lighting.

Provided By C. W. Williams & Co.

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North Canton Fire Department

North Canton Fire Department

2018 Rosenbauer Commercial Side Mount Pumper w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins ISL 350 hp engine, 1000 GPM Hale DSD pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Whelen Scene lighting.

Provided By C. W. Williams & Co.

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North Chatham Volunteer Fire Dept.

North Chatham Volunteer Fire Dept.

2018  Rosenbauer Commercial Tanker w/Freightliner chassis, 1250 Waterous pump, 1800 gal. UPF tank, FireCom Intercom System, Rosenbauer EZ Climb Ladder.

Provided By C. W. Williams & Co.

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Stafford County Fire & Rescue

Stafford County Fire & Rescue

101’ Cobra Rear Mount Platform, Rosenbauer EXT body (lifetime warranty), internal torque box slide out ladder storage, Rosenbauer aerial smart controls, Onan 10kw hydraulic generator.

Provided By C. W. Williams & Co.

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Stafford County Fire & Rescue

Stafford County Fire & Rescue

2018  Rosenbauer America Commander Custom Side Mount Pumper, Cummins ISL9 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMAX pump, 750 UPF tank, Rosenbauer EZ foam system.

Provided By C. W. Williams & Co.

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Stafford County Fire & Rescue

Stafford County Fire & Rescue

2018 Rosenbauer American Commander Custom Side Mount Pumper, 450 HP Cummins ISL9 engine, 1500 Hale QMax pump, 750 UPF tank, Rosenbauer EXT body (lifetime warranty).

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Oakboro Volunteer Fire Dept.

Oakboro Volunteer Fire Dept.

2018 Rosenbauer EXT America Custom Side Mount Pumper, 450 HP Cummins ISL9 engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF tank, FireTech HiViz 72” LED brow light.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Wendell Fire Department

Wendell Fire Department

2018 Rosenbauer American Commander Custom Side Mount Pumper, Cummins ISL9 engine, IMMI’s RollTek and 4 front airbag system, 6kW Smart Power generator, FireTech rear flood lights.

Provided By C. W. Williams & Co.

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Eastern Wake Fire Rescue

Eastern Wake Fire Rescue

2018 Rosenbauer America Commander Side Mount Pumper, Cummins ISL9, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 1000 gal. water, 20 foam UPF tank,IMM’s RollTek/4-front airbag system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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